Little refreshes more on a hot day than diving into the crystalline glimmer of a swimming pool. It’s similarly satisfying in winter, when the pool is indoors, the water heated and the floor-to-ceiling windows look out across rolling English countryside. Whatever the weather, here we plunge into Red Carnation Hotels’ best swimming pools from across our worldwide collection.

The Oyster Box, Umhlanga

The hardest decision when staying at The Oyster Box is which of its sparkling swimming pools to stretch out beside. One directly overlooks the South African hotel’s closest neighbour, the Indian Ocean; the other is secluded within The Oyster Box’s luscious sub-tropical gardens.

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Restaurant, Dorset

Swimmers are welcome to glide out across Summer Lodge’s glassy pool for a pre-breakfast dip or as part of a daytime or evening fitness session. Housed in an elegant glass conservatory, its windows gaze out across the property’s well-groomed lawns. Elsewhere, Summer Lodge’s exclusive Ivy Cottage has its own hot tub tucked away in a sheltered garden for ultimate privacy.

The Chesterfield Palm Beach, Florida

Flanked by summer blooms and leafy palms, the pool at The Chesterfield Palm Beach catches the Floridian sunlight with spectacular sparkle. Come nightfall, the area is beautifully illuminated with lanterns for after-hours dippers. Warm up in the hot tub afterwards.

The Duke of Richmond Hotel, Guernsey

The Duke of Richmond Hotel is where to dive into one of Red Carnation Hotels’ best swimming pools. It’s within reaching distance of the chic bar at The Terrace for a post-dip cocktail or a laid-back seafood lunch as you dry off.

Bushmans Kloof, Cederberg Mountains

Nudging South Africa’s dramatic Cederberg Mountains, Bushmans Kloof is replete with pretty pools en plein air. Whether diving into the reserve’s cerulean swimming pools or braving a wild dip in a nearby river, the staggering mountain vistas make a stunning backdrop.

The Milestone Hotel & Residences, London

Nestled in the busy heart of London, The Milestone Hotel’s secluded plunge pool is just one of the state-of-the-art wellbeing facilities available to guests. Our expert personal trainers are always on hand to help fitness enthusiasts with aquatic resistance training if desired. A sumptuous sauna and well-equipped exercise studio complete the offering.

Ashford Castle, Ireland

In the verdant heart of Ireland, Ashford Castle’s stunning relaxation pool is fitted with tension-relieving jets for those who wish to unwind, as well as resistance jets for a more energetic swim. Bathe beneath twinkling seashell chandeliers and gaze out across Ashford’s centuries-old estate through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Old Government House Hotel & Spa, Guernsey

One of Guernsey’s best outdoor swimming pools, The Old Government House Hotel is lined with luxurious sun loungers, smartly attended by a team of dedicated waiters. Order a sunset-coloured cocktail and a light bite for a taste of poolside glamour, Channel Island-style.

Cool off or warm up in Red Carnation Hotels’ best swimming pools during your next escape.